NY Town Denies AEDs That Could Prevent Cardiac Arrest Death in Youths

Smithtown Denies AEDs for Youth Parks

Sudden cardiac arrest has been all too popular in the news lately. Some people, like Fabrice Muamba, have been extremely lucky to survive this deadly condition. He was able to survive for an unheard of 78 minutes without brain damage. Others have not been so lucky. Olympic swimmer Alexander Dale Oen passed away recently because of cardiac arrest. Reports say that “he died suddenly” and “without warning.” When he was found by a teammate, the ambulance could not arrive soon enough for a chance to save his life.

Hearing reports like this with increasing frequency begs the question “how can we prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest?”

The only answer to this question is the implementation and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), a portable device used to deliver corrective electrical therapy to a victim of cardiac arrest.

A small New York town named Smithtown understands this, yet they denied accepting two AED donations from Kings Park Youth Association.

The town refused two life-saving devices that could be used during a game between any of Smithtown’s 65 youth teams with over 1,000 young athletes. John Zollo, a Smithtown attorney and town advisor, reasoned that “It’s a liability.”

In Zollo’s defense, he worries that the town will be held liable if the AEDs are placed at the public facility, tampered with, and possibly failed during a rescue.  His suggestion? Have Kings Park Youth members bring the AEDs back and forth to the facility.

The problem with this “solution” is AED accessibility. AEDs, like fire extinguishers, need to be publicly available at all times. For the greatest chance of survival, an AED needs to be deployed and used on the victim within 3 minutes after collapse.

“At AED.com, we understand the town’s concerns, but our company has sold thousands of AEDs to communities, schools, and public facilities, all of which are protected by the Good Samaritan Law. No one should be afraid to try and save a life.” said Matt Spencer, President of AED.com.

AED.com has started a petition for Smithtown to reverse its decision and allow AEDs to be placed on their ball fields. According to Cardiac Science, as many as 7,000 children are struck down by sudden cardiac arrest each year. Many of those are young athletes are seemingly healthy and in great shape.

If the petition reaches 10,000 signatures and Smithtown City Council reverses their decsion, AED.com will donate two AEDs to be placed onsite at the parks. We want to help Smithtown create a safer environment for their youth.

Join our cause!

Sign the petition here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/smithtown-ny-city-council-reverse-town-s-decision-that-denies-free-life-saving-aeds-for-youths

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